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The September Guide to Washington DC for Families

Hello, September!

Schools are back in session and fall is upon us. There have been some cool days and it seems like summer is behind us, you can’t see me but I’m making a sad face about that right now. Keep your eyes on this site for some forthcoming fall guides but until then, here’s what’s up for September!

Additionally, this month is the one year anniversary of the Museum of African American History and Culture. It’s the newest Smithsonian on the National Mall and as far as I know still relatively difficult to get into. Check here for ticketing information.

See it before it’s gone!

The National Geographic Museum in Washington DC

Ooey gets up close and personal with a penguin at the Earth Explorers Exhibit at the National Geographic Museum.

As we transition to a new season there are exhibits and pools are closing, here are some things you won’t want to miss!

  • Outdoor pools will start closing throughout the region check my full list, here, and also take note of the many indoor pools that remain open year round.
  • XYZT at Artechouse closes on September 3rd.
  • The summer block party at The National Building Museum will close September 4th, Hive and Wright on the Walls will no longer be available.
  • Until September 10th you can get a free kids meal at Kramerbooks & Afterwards Cafe with the purchase of a children’s title.
  • The Earth Explorers exhibit at the National Geographic Museum continues until September 17th.
  • The mind bending exhibit, Revival, will be on display until September 10th at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
The Contemplative Courtyard at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Located on the very bottom floor across the food courtyard and first floor exhibits. (dodcwithkids.com)

The Contemplative Courtyard at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Located on the very bottom floor across the food courtyard and first floor exhibits.

Mark your Calendars

September 1st, Friday

2pm StoryTime in our Explore! Family Space National Portrait Gallery

September 2nd, Saturday

Library of Congress National Book Festival Walter E Washington Convention Center

10am Daniel Tiger at Rite Aid Wisconsin Ave

11am-12pm Junior Scholars at the Folger Shakespeare Theater ages 5-14 preregister 

11am hiSTORYtime: Early Childhood Story and Activity Time American History Museum

11am Garden Tour at the Franciscan Monastery

September 3rd, Sunday

10am-7pm Syria Fest Freedom Plaza

8pm National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert West Lawn of the Capitol

September 4th, Monday

**Last day of HIVE at the National Building Museum**

10am The Great Zucchini Performs at Busboys and Poets-Takoma Park

September 5th, Tuesday

10am Forensic Mysteries at Yorktown Creel Natural History Museum

10:30am Little Builders Storytime National Building Museum

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

September 6th, Wednesday

9:30am Infant Massage Workshop with Playwell Shopkeepers Gallery

10:30am 123 Andres at Eastern Market

10:30am Step Afrika! Explosion 2017 in Your Neighborhood  Lamond-Riggs Library

1pm The Scientist is In: Human Origins Natural History Museum

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

September 7th, Thursday

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

September 8th, Friday

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

September 9th, Saturday

WashingCon– table top gaming convention Georgetown University 

9am The Great Inflatable Race RFK Stadium (ages 4+ need to register, 3 and below if you want your child to have a medal)

10:30am Family Program: Urban Gardening Project Anacostia Community Museum sign up required

September 10th, Sunday

WashingCon– table top gaming convention Georgetown University 

9am Snacks with Sea Lions National Zoo Pre-register 

11am Rainbow Family Picnic at the Hillwood Estate

12pm Adams Morgan Day 

September 11th, Monday

10:30am Young Portrait Explorers- Jose Limon Portrait Gallery

September 12th, Tuesday

10am 123 Andres at Benning Library

10am Forensic Mysteries- A “Grizzly” Discovery Natural History Musuem

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

September 13th, Wednesday

9:30am Infant Massage Workshop with Playwell Shopkeepers Gallery

10am 123 Andres Takoma Park Library

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery 

3pm Monthly Family Film West End Library

September 14th, Thursday

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery 

September 15th, Friday

10am Museum Open House Anacostia Community Museum sign up required

1:30pm Wesley Place Cinema: Family Matinee Southwest Library

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery 

September 16th, Saturday

H Street Festival 

8am Breakfast at the Zoo National Zoo

9am Homecoming: Walk, Run & Play Like Lincoln President Lincoln’s Cottage

9am Snacks with Sea Lions National Zoo Pre-register 

9am I Think, Therefore I Infodoodle African American History and Culture Museum

10am A Mini-Summer Night’s Dream Smithsonian Gardens

10am Enrichment Day at the National Zoo

11am-2pm Family Event: Spinning Yarns Daughters of the American Revolution Headquarters

11am STAR Family Festival: Sing, Talk & Read Deanwood Library

11am Wiggle Worm Family Story Time featuring Author Sarah Williamson Southeast Library

11am hiSTORYtime: Early Childhood Story and Activity Time American History Museum

11am UK’u’x Ulew: Heart of the Earth American Indian Museum

11:30am SAAM on Safari American Art Museum

12:30-2:30pm Playing the Past at the Daughters of the American Revolution

September 17th, Sunday

9am Snacks with Sea Lions National Zoo Pre-register 

11am The Story of Chocolate American Indian Museum Here Center

11am UK’u’x Ulew: Heart of the Earth American Indian Museum

2pm Wiggle Worm Family Story Time featuring Author Sarah Williamson Woodridge Library 

September 18th, Monday

10am The Great Zucchini Performs at Busboys and Poets-Brookland

4pm Reader’s Theatre Presents: ‘Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban FolktaleMt. Pleasant Library

September 19th, Tuesday

10am Forensic Mysteries- Mystery at Yorktown Creek Natural History Musuem

2pm Story Time in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

September 20th, Wednesday

9:30am Infant Massage Workshop with Playwell Shopkeepers Gallery

1pm The Scientist is In: Human Origins Natural History Museum 

2pm StoryTime in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

September 21st, Thursday

2pm StoryTime in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

September 22nd, Friday

2pm StoryTime in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

4pm Paper Plate Apple Craft West End Library

September 23rd, Saturday

9am-5pm Museum Day Live at the Newseum

10am-1pm Free Museum Day at National Museum of Women in the Arts 

10:30am Family Program: Urban Gardening Project Anacostia Community Museum

2pm Sign Language for Babies Petworth Library

2:30-3:30pm Wellbaby for working parents with Playwell @Yoga Heights

7pm Opera in the Outfield Nationals Park

September 24th, Sunday

**One year anniversary of the National Museum of African American History and Culture**

11am-4pm Zoofiesta at The National Zoo

11am-8pm DC State Fair Waterfront Station

1pm Artful Afternoons Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

2pm American Sign Language Story Time Mt. Pleasant Library

September 25th, Monday

10:30am Young Portrait Explorers-Jose Limon Portrait Gallery

7pm Stuffed Animal Sleepover Petworth Library

September 26th, Tuesday

10am The Gruffalo Puppet Show Parklands-Turner Library

2pm StoryTime in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

September 27th, Wednesday

10am Toddler Gross Motor Skills Workshop with Playwell Shopkeepers Gallery

2pm StoryTime in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

 September 28th, Thursday

2pm StoryTime in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

September 29th, Friday

11am Mr. Lilo: An Interactive, Bilingual Musical Performance Mt. Pleasant Library

2pm StoryTime in our Explore! Family Space Portrait Gallery

 September 30th, Saturday

11:30am Hispanic Heritage Family Month Portrait Gallery 

 

An exhibit from the newly opened National museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

An exhibit from the newly opened National museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

On-Going Weekly Events

These events occur regularly every week, I encourage you to check the original website just in case there’s a cancellation. To find events at your local library, click here. And to see the full list of daily events happening at The National Zoo, click here. The Kennedy Center hosts nightly live, free performances check their schedule, here, to see if your child may enjoy an upcoming event.

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